King Tut's Dagger Was Made From A Meteorite
(CNN) - New research shows that an iron dagger buried with King Tutankhamun was made from a meteorite.
It even suggests the Egyptians knew what they were working with.
Archaeologists and historians have been fascinated by King Tut's mummified remains and the mysterious objects found in his tomb since their discovery in the 1920s.
In the past, scientists have claimed that an iron dagger, found along with a gold blade in King Tut's tomb, may have come from meteorites.
Other ancient Egyptian iron artifacts have also been suspected to be meteoritic, since smelted iron was rarely used.
But now, researchers from Italy and the Egyptian Museum have used X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to accurately find out what King Tut's knife was made of, according to an article published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science.
They found its makeup of iron, nickel and cobalt matched other meteorites in a database, and "strongly suggests its meteoritic origin."
The authors said the Egyptians knew what they were using.
"We suggest that ancient Egyptian attributed great value to meteoritic iron for the production of fine ornamental or ceremonial objects," the article said.
In fact, the authors say their findings may explain why Egyptians in the 13th Century BCE referred to a new hieroglyph that translates literally into "iron of the sky."
This, the researchers say, "suggests that the ancient Egyptians, in the wake of other ancient people of the Mediterranean area, were aware that these rare chunks of iron fell from the sky already in the 13th C. BCE, anticipating Western culture by more than two millennia."
Damn, that is so badass I really don't even know where to begin. First of all King Tutankamun (Tut) was only 9-years old when he became the pharaoh of Egypt. For those of you that watch thrones that must have been like 8x worse than Joffrey or Tommen being king.
Imagine being 9-years old and running an empire? What the fuck were these people thinking? Nevertheless, King Tut found a way to differentiate himself. He was the most polarizing pharaoh of all of the Egyptian pharaohs by far, and croaked at the age of 18!!! The cause of death is still mainly a mystery because he died way back in 1323 BC. Some think he was assassinated while others think he got infected from a compound fracture in his left leg. Interesting stuff.
SO WHAT'S GOOD WITH THIS DAGGER?
Shit is made of meteorites, METEORITES? Where does one find a meteorite in 1323 BC, like who has the resources/knowledge to find something like that. Then the idea to make it into a dagger is pure genius. You get stabbed to death by King Tut's dagger made out of meteorite and you've got to be honored, right? I can't even imagine how many peasants deaths came as a result of the dagger being the murder weapon. This honestly, for me, has to be up there on the list of boss ass things people have done in human history. Such a subtle thing, but wields so much power and clout, clearly fit for THIS GUY.
YIKES. Easy on the mascara bro.